News Releases

Guidelines to Reduce or Prevent Onset of Exertional Sickling from Athletic Participation


DALLAS, May 9, 2012 – With spring sports seasons now fully underway and preparation for summer sports participation and training around the corner, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) re-released today Inter-Association Task Force Consensus Statement guidelines on sickle cell trait and the athlete.

JAT Study Shows Overuse Injuries Make Up One-Quarter of all Athletic Injuries at the Collegiate Level


DALLAS, March 30, 2012 –A new study published in the April 2012 Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) scientific publication, reveals that more than one-quarter of all injuries sustained by collegiate athletes were overuse injuries and a majority (62 percent) of all of overuse injuries occurred in female athletes. Overuse injuries were found most often in low-contact sports that involve long training sessions or in which the same movement is repeated numerous times, such as long-distance running, rowing and swimming.

Taskforce Guidelines on Pre-Season Heat-Acclimatization in Secondary School Athletics Gaining Momentum Across the Country


DALLAS, March 20, 2012 – In a continued effort to reduce the incidence of exertional heat illness among young athletes, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association announced today that Georgia is the latest state to adopt recommendations from the NATA-spearheaded Inter-Association Task Force on Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics. In just the past year, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and North Carolina have followed this trend.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Publishes Recommendations on Preventing Sudden Death in Sports


DALLAS, February 20, 2012 – In an effort to prevent the onset of catastrophic or fatal outcomes from sports participation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has published a new position statement that outlines 10 major health conditions and causes of sudden death among athletes along with recommendations on management and treatment of sports injuries.

New Study Shows 37 Percent of Public Secondary Schools Meet Gold Standard of Care For Their Athletes


Dallas, March 11, 2015 – According to a new study, just over one third of every high school in the United States has at least one full-time athletic trainer, the gold standard of care recommended by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. “Athletic Training Services in Public Secondary Schools: A Benchmark Study,” appears in the February Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication.

NATA Presents Inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award at Sixth Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit


NFL Foundation, leading researcher and Dallas Independent School District recognized for significant contributions to youth sports safety

Navigating The Athletic Health Care System is Focus of Sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit


DALLAS, March 2, 2015 – In a continued effort to keep young athletes safe, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance hosted today the sixth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, Texas. This year’s forum built on the success of prior summits and addressed the day-long theme of Navigating the Athletic Health Care System, focusing on athletic play in community/league sports as well as school-based athletics.



DALLAS, TEXAS, February 10, 2015 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) announces the introduction of the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth (SAFE PLAY) Act on February 10, 2015.

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